pelorus

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Reportedly the name of Hannibal's pilot.

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pelorus (plural peloruses)

  1. A device used to take a bearing on a distant object.
    • 1973: Light clusters, clear, deep, on the face of the radio gear…fans up softly off the dial of the pelorus…spills out portholes onto the white river. — Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

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